WTVN Station Mgr. Apologizes For 'Immigrant Hunt' Flyaway
June 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM (PT)
Two days after a Hispanic interest groups threatened to go to the FCC (NET NEWS, 6/1) regarding a Talk WTVN/COLUMBUS, OH contest that made light over the new illegal immigrant law in ARIZONA, CLEAR CHANNEL/COLUMBUS Pres./Market Manager and WTVN Station Manager BRIAN DYTKO issued an on-air apology.
He told CROOKSANDLIARS.COM that the station received hundreds of calls protesting the promotion, whereby the winner would win a trip to PHOENIX, "where Americans are proud and illegals are scared ... You'll spend a weekend chasing aliens and spending cash in the desert. Just make sure you have your green card!"
At 5p ET TODAY, he went on the air and said:
This is BRIAN DYTKO, Station Manager of WTVN with a message regarding our station’s recent "Win a Trip to PHOENIX, ARIZONA" promotional contest. Our contest was meant as a humorous response to a City of COLUMBUS ban on travel to ARIZONA by city employees. In fact, a key element of the promotion was that city employees were specifically invited to enter the contest.
We regret that our promotional copy has been characterized as condoning violence. This was not our intent, and we do not condone violence of any kind. We apologize for our actions here. We are always striving to engage our community on important issues of the day and sometimes we do a better job than others, but we always take the input of our community seriously.